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Collierville Schools teacher named finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year

Collierville Middle School teacher Mark Gray was announced today by the Tennessee Department of Education as a Finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year.

Gray is one of nine candidates from the state, and the only finalist from the Shelby County metro area.


Gray is pictured with his daughter, Mei Mei.

Gray is pictured with his daughter, Mei Mei.


The nine finalists represent each CORE region in the state, with three finalists in each Grand Division (West, Middle, and East).

Grand Division winners and the Teacher of the Year will be selected from this group and announced this fall, following a panel interview with each finalist.

“Teachers have the single biggest impact on our students,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said. “It is an honor to recognize some of the state’s brightest educators.”

These finalists will have the opportunity to join the commissioner’s Teacher Advisory Council.

Members of this body will offer insight, feedback, and advice on issues that impact teachers and students across the state.

“As I’ve traveled around Tennessee, visiting teachers on my Classroom Chronicles tour, I’ve gotten some of my most valuable feedback from educators,” Commissioner McQueen said. “Teachers live out our policies every day, and it is critical that we always remember the impact our decisions have on the classroom. The Teacher Advisory Council is an incredibly important group, bringing diverse perspectives to our work.”

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